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(1)Provision under section 73(1) may provide that where a reservoir manager to whom a stop notice is given does not comply with it, the manager commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction—
(a)in the JP court, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 60 days, or to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale, or to both,
(b)in the sheriff court—
(i)for a first such offence, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 months, or to a fine not exceeding the prescribed sum (within the meaning of section 225(8) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 (c.46)), or to both,
(ii)for any subsequent such offence, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to the fine mentioned in sub-paragraph (i), or to both.
(2)Provision under section 73(1) must provide that it is a defence to a charge in proceedings for an offence created by the order for the person to show both—
(a)that the failure to comply with the stop notice was as a result of either an accident which could not reasonably have been foreseen or natural cause or force majeure which was exceptional and could not reasonably have been foreseen, and
(b)that the person—
(i)took all practicable steps to prevent an uncontrolled release of water from the reservoir,
(ii)took all practicable steps as soon as was reasonably practicable to rectify the failure, and
(iii)provided particulars of the failure to SEPA as soon as practicable after the failure arose.
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